Category: What’s the Church to Do?

I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little?

I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little?

You've probably seen the T-shirt or the meme that says "I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little!"  It's meant to be cute or funny--but is it really funny when you hold it up to the measuring stick of God's Word? We live in a world of compromise and it has leaked into the church. Many things that used to be a "no brainer" have become common and acceptable.  We often reflect the culture more than we do Jesus. Cussing has become "cute" and something to laugh at. "Loosen up!"...Read More
Made In Mexico

Made In Mexico

You never really know what people are going through unless you take the time to probe. To listen and befriend.  Behind the carefully ironed outfits, the smiles that say, "I'm fine, thank you!".  Behind the snapshots of a family celebration on Instagram or Facebook.  I think it's safe to assume that everyone that you come in contact with is facing some kind of personal battle. Something hard. Something that is breaking them or causing a knot to form in their stomach.  Big or small, there is always something. No matter how...Read More
Self-Supremacist or Christ-Supremacist?

Self-Supremacist or Christ-Supremacist?

Whose fault is it - The President, politician, reporter, social media, our culture, white people, African Americans?  Would things be different if we had a different president?  I'm appalled.  You're appalled.  We vent on Facebook about how sad it is and how ignorant people are.  We are saddened. Scared. Angry - and maybe a bit self-righteous? Look in the mirror. I have a question for you - and be honest, okay? Have you ever passed someone on the street, in the grocery store - in your church - who looked...Read More
What Can I Do About Racism?

What Can I Do About Racism?

“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself...” Leviticus 19:34  It was one of those hot, humid days when the weather man says, "A high of 89 degrees, but it feels like 99!" The automatic door slowly swished open as my squeaky-wheeled cart led me into the cool grocery store. I was greeted by the chill of the air conditioning, the welcoming scent of coffee brewing, and the smell of deli fried chicken. As I mindlessly began my...Read More
Give Your Life Away – Because He First Loved Us

Give Your Life Away – Because He First Loved Us

On the wall in my little kitchen hangs a simple black sign with white letters. I saw it one day on a website and knew I had to order it! The day it arrived I excitedly tore open the box, pulled out the sign, hammered a nail into the wall, and hung it in a spot where it would serve as a daily reminder of the only reason I am able to serve and love the people God brings into my life. The sign says, “We love because He first loved...Read More
What Do Urban Christianity And Conservative Christianity Have In Common?

What Do Urban Christianity And Conservative Christianity Have In Common?

They walk into the brand new "state of the art" gymnasium. Urban Christianity meets Conservative  Christianity.  I sit in the bleachers and observe and listen. I hear some comments. ("Here comes that team from D.C. They are so weird!") I see the looks. "Hmmmmm..." I think "Let the judgement begin!" Half of the gym is filled with polished, conservative young people. Brought up in families who are mostly intact. They sit there in their khaki pants and white polo shirts. Not much cultural diversity. They play the "right"  music, wear...Read More
When You Expect More From The Church

When You Expect More From The Church

You walk into the church and quietly find a place to sit. You purpose not to make eye contact with anyone because you really don't want to make meaningless small talk, nor do you want to get into any kind of in depth conversation. You just want to be left alone. The fact that you even showed up today feels like a big accomplishment. Life has been so hard lately and you feel like no one has been there for you. Sitting quietly, you observe others as they make their...Read More
Give Your Life Away: Landmark Moments And My Vow To Never Forget

Give Your Life Away: Landmark Moments And My Vow To Never Forget

There are moments in my life that I consider to be “landmark moments”: impactful experiences that I vowed never to forget, that would drive me to specific resolutions.  I vowed I would do whatever it took to have a  peaceful home when I had a family. I vowed that I would encourage my children and tell them I loved them every single day.  I vowed that I would be available to my children, that I would offer them hope, that I would tell them I am proud of them. As I prepared to graduate...Read More